Tue 1 Sep, 2009 02:29 pm
I am a 31 yr. old married man. Me and my wife are true animal lovers at heart. We always take in lost or injured animals that we believe we can help find a good home or just recoop. I have 15 avail. acres to use for habitat, care facilities, stables, kennels, etc. and play area. I am very interested in getting any feedback I can on how to get started with a charitable org./ info on gov. grants and loans/ how to get out word, that we would need donations/ fund drives and raisers, etc. If anyone can seriously help me with any info to help out in my search I would be so appreciative ! Thanks for all info.
Thank you and your wife for even thinking about this. I started rescuing dogs 10 years ago when I moved to a rural road that was used as a dump off for unwanted dogs. In my time I once had 12 dogs living with me on a acre of wooded yard. It would cost me $1,000 - $1,500 a month for food, drugs, and vet bills.
I would contact the folks at Best Friends to find out the best things to do.
im just here to thank you and your wife about taking the time to do this.
I wish you'd take in foster kids, first, (for which you would be paid) but in short;
establish a corporation
apply for non profit status, charitable status from the IRS (501c-3 status) - you need a mission statement, bylaws, financial business plan,
get some people to be the board of directors, elect officers, with someone to be treasurer.
license yourself with the state to be able to accept charitable donations
launch a PR campaign - get community help and support.
loan the corporation some start up money and start up.
Good luck - but like I said, being a licensed foster home is also rewarding.